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His disappointment in the Mona Lisa was as great as it had been in Notre Dame. “I must confess that the pictures by celebrated masters that impressed me most were not the ones that are best known.” He much preferred Leonardo’s John the Baptist to the Mona Lisa. Above all, he was taken with the work of the seventeenth-century Flemish master Anthony Van Dyck. Such keen interest as he had in art was not only remarkable in someone so committed to technical innovation, but a measure of a truly exceptional capacity of mind. As weeks, then months passed, Wilbur, of his own choice, visited the Louvre fifteen or more times. McCullough, David. The Wright Brothers (pp. 140-141). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition. McCullough, David. The Wright Brothers (p. 140). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition. McCullough, David. The Wright Brothers (p. 140). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

— Wilbur Wright’s disappointment with the Mona Lisa  

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